In most of the Kenyan traditional pre-wedding ceremonies (ruracio,koito,ayie,ngasya,ekeragerio) the family of the man comes to the lady’s family. In doing this, the man’s family is expected to pay for dowry, give some inquired rewards, ask for blessings then be given permission to marry. It is only then that can he be allowed to take the girl to his home and marry her. The negotiations are mostly done by the clan elders and relative. The first step on arrival at the lady’s home is announce their arrival by hooting their cars and singing traditional songs. In some clans though, the lady’s family who are locked inside the gate respond by singing too and on doing this, they request an ‘entrance fee’. Only when a satisfactory amount is paid will the gate be opened. This is what is happening in the pictures below.

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